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Unilever Indonesia provides refill station in Bintaro

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, March 7, 2020  /  11:07 am
Unilever Indonesia provides refill station in Bintaro

PT Unilever Indonesia's refill station mostly offers personal care products. (Unilever Indonesia/File)

Consumer goods manufacturer PT Unilever Indonesia introduced its first refill station at the Saruga Package-Free Shopping Store in Bintaro, South Jakarta.

Having opened on Feb. 25, the refill station mostly offers the personal care products of Unilever's brands, namely Rinso, Molto, Sunlight, Lifebuoy, Clear, Dove, Sunsilk, TRESemmé and Love Beauty and Planet. The manufacturer’s popular sweet soy sauce brand Bango is also available at the station.

According to Saruga’s post on Instagram, the price for floor cleaner Superpell starts from Rp 13 per gram or milliliter, while the price for Molto starts from Rp 36 per gram.

The refill station is one the manufacturer’s ways to support the government's effort to achieve a plastic-free Indonesia by 2040.

Nurdiana “Ade” Darus, PT Unilever Indonesia's head of corporate affairs and sustainability, said that plastic waste was still one of the big issues in the world, including in Indonesia. “We believe the issue can be solved if we collaborate with each other,” Ade said in a statement. “Our refill station project is one of our attempts to offer more options to our customers and at the same time to also reduce single-use plastic.”

Read also: Unilever to halve use of new plastic as uproar over waste grows

Ade added that the project is an implementation of the circular economy concept by the manufacturer, including by prioritizing reusing and recycling and by reducing plastic use. The manufacturer is also committed to halve its use of newly made plastic by 2025.

She expressed her hope that the project would be an alternative business model that is sustainable and more ecofriendly.

Nurdiana 'Ade' Darus, head of corporate affairs and sustainability of PT Unilever Indonesia, helps launch a refill station on Feb. 25 in Jakarta. Nurdiana 'Ade' Darus, head of corporate affairs and sustainability of PT Unilever Indonesia, helps launch a refill station on Feb. 25 in Jakarta. (Unilever Indonesia/File)

Ujang Solihin, head of the goods and packaging directorate in the Environment Ministry’s waste management unit, said manufacturers were given the target to reduce waste from their products or packaging by 30 percent by 2029. “It will be achieved if they keep innovating and educating their customers in managing household waste,” Ujang said. “The ministry appreciates the collaboration between Unilever and Saruga in this refill station.”

Through its Unilever Indonesia Foundation, the manufacturer has since 2001 provided public education about the importance of sorting types of waste.

Their initial project began in the Jambangan district of Surabaya, East Java: the Program Brantas Bersih (Clean Brantas Program) that aimed to improve the quality of water in the Brantas River by raising local awareness about waste management. (wir/wng)

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